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. . . a Poet Laureate, sir, you are not.
I can't be incredibly brilliant at everything; just moderately capable at some.
Understood, YP. We still love ya.
I'm (sniff) falling apart (sniff) here...and my sleeve is covered in snot...
I pray that is mirth, sir, and not the silly pathos that infects your race at the most inappropriate times. Stiff upper lip, my ass.
The 'we' concerns me; I'm not good in crowds.
You're one of those bad asses who didn't cry when Bambi's mother got shot aren't you?
I was speaking for your fan base. Maybe I shouldn't be so presumptuous. Sorry. My bad.
Now that would hardly be consonant with a poetical constitution, would it? I do not, however, have her mug on a teacup on the shelf.
Thanks for the calls Luca, Willy, Starr and thanks to kdubb and SciFi Author for hanging out and chatting.
My pleasure, Jaz. And thank you for a fun show.
"Spruiker" is a great word. In addition to "hawker", I just thought of "barker", as in carnival barker, that's similar, but neither is in general circulation.Is the obvious verb form used? If I do it, am I spruiking?
Yes. A spruiker spruiks while spruiking. The Brits call it a tout.
Yes. A spruiker spruiks while spruiking. The Brits call it a tout.The link above labels it as being annoying but I was not using it to describe starr in the way. Starr does a fantastic job of promoting the various podcasting endeavours of BellGab members and that is very much appreciated by us. Thank you, Starr.
Oh that is funny. The verb form of tout survives here in the expression "to tout one's accomplishments", but it's almost never used otherwise. As a noun, it's completely unknown.
I'm assuming used to describe someone who sells on tickets above market value?
That is a scalper over here, sir. Old west and all.
It's a scalper here too.
It's used often in sports betting (and especially horse racing) as a guy that recommends "can't miss picks" usually from some inside information.
Oh that is cool! Never been to a track. I wonder if horse-racing borrowed it from British English along with a lot of the rest of the racing culture, silks and derbies and stakes and such.
It's for any sport. If you go to a sportsbook in Las Vegas there will be a bunch of touts there. They will chat you up and act friendly, many of them also have some experience as either a coach or scout in the NFL or baseball. They also sometimes act as beards (you call them up and they go and place a bet for you) that people from California/Arizona often use. Horse Racing is the most famous for touts though as its hard to bet without some inside info and the touts watch the horses in the morning. If you are betting on some horse race in Dubai or something this is a necessary service.Did you ever here those AM radio ads where a guy says "$19.99 and call this number for my can't miss football picks for this weekend"-that is a tout. Usually if you win 58% of your wagers, that is a good tout.
Thanks for the education! Are the touts at a racetrack paid for their tips? Or just friendly old guys looking to help you out?
They get paid. Its like $20-50. College football touts sometimes ask $300. Depending on how big you win, you are supposed to tip 5-10% on top of that.Lots of young people are touts now, too. Used to be just some old guy that would talk to you for hours about their years working for some horse trainer in Kentucky.